Galileo Update

Galileo Update

Aug 2010 | Comments Off on Galileo Update


Users drive innovation in Satellite Navigation

A Living Lab is a user-driven open innovation system that speeds up the innovation process by addressing the user’s needs. In a Living Lab firms, public agencies, universities, institutes and users collaborate for creating, prototyping, and validating new service products and societal infrastructures in realistic contexts such as cities, villages and rural areas or industrial plants.

For the first time in 2010 the European Satellite Navigation Competition will award a special prize for the best application ready to be tested in a suitable Living Lab. The ‘GNSS Living Lab Prize’ will be awarded to three winners, who will get the opportunity to conduct a ‘reality check trial’ in a suitable Living Lab with the involvement of relevant user communities and potential future customers.

Inauguration of Galileo inorbit test facilities in Redu

ESA’s Redu centre in Belgium has inaugurated its in-orbit testing facilities for Galileo. As part of the Galileo programme, the infrastructure at Redu has been expanded to host Galileo’s satellite in-orbit testing facilities and a Galileo sensor station. The main purpose of the testing facilities is to verify the performance of the payloads on the four Galileo In-Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites. The testing involves measuring radio frequency and baseband parameters for the navigation L-band downlink and the C-band uplink. The first two IOV satellites are scheduled for launch in mid- 2011 atop a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

ESP certified as Air Navigation Service Provider

The European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP SAS) received a certificate of Air Navigation Service Provider according to the Single European Sky Regulation 2096/2005. This is an important milestone towards making the EGNOS Safety of Life (SoL) services available to the aviation community. The certification was delivered by the French National Supervisory Authority (NSA – Direction de la Sécurité de l’Aviation Civile) in cooperation with the national supervisory authorities of Belgium, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.


I2GPS (Integrated Interferometry and GNSS for Precision Survey) is a project that aims at developing a novel, integrated approach to the use of synthetic aperture radar interferometry (InSAR) and GNSS for use in the monitoring of subsidence, tectonic changes or other environmental hazards, which can only be identified by millimeter-precision surveying techniques. The consortium is composed of Systems Engineering and Assessment Limited, Delft University of Technology, Geological Survey of Slovenia, Septentrio Satellite Navigation NV, Société d’Applications Technologiques de l’Imagerie Micro- Onde SA, Linwave Technology Limited, and Fugro NPA Limited.

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